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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Quadro4 550 XGL ION LE
Halo: Reach 2476% 2991%
Cyberpunk 2077 11036% 13264%
Red Dead Redemption 2 8006% 9627%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 4900% 5900%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 8006% 9627%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 11036% 13264%
Doom Eternal 6870% 8264%
Grand Theft Auto VI 12286% 14764%
FIFA 20 4218% 5082%
Need For Speed Heat 8006% 9627%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia Quadro4 550 XGL are noticeably better than the Nvidia ION LE.

The ION LE has a 180 MHz higher core clock speed and 4 more Texture Mapping Units than the Quadro4 550 XGL. This results in the ION LE providing 2.5 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since the ION LE supports up to DirectX 10.0.

The ION LE has a 180 MHz higher core clock speed than the Quadro4 550 XGL and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the ION LE providing 0.7 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. The ION LE supports up to DirectX 10.0, so pixeling performance is not particularly relevant for this GPU. It would be relevant for comparing the Quadro4 550 XGL with other old GPUs, but in this case it is probably safe to say that the ION LE is superior.

The ION LE was released over three years more recently than the Quadro4 550 XGL, and so the ION LE is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Quadro4 550 XGL when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very poor performance, so rather than upgrading from one to the other you should consider looking at more powerful GPUs. Neither of these will be able to run the latest games in any playable way.

The Quadro4 550 XGL has 64 MB video memory, but the ION LE does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The Quadro4 550 XGL has 2 Shader Processing Units and the ION LE has 16. However, the actual shader performance of the Quadro4 550 XGL is 1 and the actual shader performance of the ION LE is 7. The ION LE having 6 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the ION LE delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Quadro4 550 XGL.

The ION LE transistor size technology is 85 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Quadro4 550 XGL. This means that the ION LE is expected to run massively cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Quadro4 550 XGL. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the ION LE should consume less power than the Quadro4 550 XGL.

The ION LE requires 20 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Quadro4 550 XGL.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed270 MHzvs450 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureNV17 A3MCP79MX
OC Potential Poor vs -
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date19 Feb 2002vs03 Jun 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory64 MBvsN/A
Memory Speed200 MHzvs1066 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs64 Bit
Memory TypeDDRvsDDR
Memory Bandwidth3.2GB/secvs8.5GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2vs16
Actual Shader Performance0%vs0%
Texture Mapping Units4vs8
Texture Rate1.1 GTexel/svs3.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs4
Pixel Rate1.1 GPixel/svs1.8 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)-vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-20 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model1.3vs4.0
Open GL1.5vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor--
Recommended RAM-2 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution-1024x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewQuadro4 550 XGL is a professional graphics card that will deliver similar gaming performance to GeForce4 MX 460, though worse due to the lack of support for gaming drivers, lower memory bandwidth and reduced frame buffer size, as well as a lower clocked central unit.Next-generation NVIDIA ION graphics energize your PC with over 10 times the performance of integrated graphics. Go beyond simple Internet browsing with a media-savvy ION GPU. Experience full 1080p video on sites like YouTube HD or from Blu-Ray discs. Play the most popular PC games like World of Warcraft or accelerate popular video and photo apps, boosting performance of editing and converting videos, face tagging photos, and much more. Only ION delivers the Windows 7 Home Premium experience including the rich 3D user interface. NVIDIA ION packs a premium graphics punch at a fraction of the size.
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